Fighting for Climate Justice

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1480 .... September 11, 2017
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Fighting for Climate Justice

Phil Hearse

Lies, damn lies and statistics, right? Well not always -- sometimes statistics dramatise social reality in a graphic way. A year before the devastating floods in India, Bangladesh and Texas, a little-noticed UN report revealed extraordinary figures about the effects of climate change worldwide. Climate-related catastrophe is now not just an additional hazard for the world’s poor, but a central factor in their oppression and poverty. And this will eventually lead to a cascade of millions of climate change refugees, a process already starting.

This is not universally recognized. One much-visited socialist website recently published an insightful article on how the poor had been left to bear the brunt of the flooding in Houston, which however failed to... mention the words "climate change" or "global warming."

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